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Old 03-05-2018, 10:55 AM   #1
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Bring drying towels back to life

I’ve got three decent drying towels that have stopped drying, they now just push the water about on the surface, even when damp they still don’t really work that well. I suspect using Reload as a drying aid has clogged the fibres (I do wash them properly), I’ve tried washing with just Vinegar and pre-soaking in Surfex etc but to no avail. Anybody know a magic cure?


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Old 03-05-2018, 01:40 PM   #2
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How old are they?

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(I do wash them properly), I’ve tried washing with just Vinegar and pre-soaking in Surfex etc but to no avail. Anybody know a magic cure?
Must say my reaction to the Vinega and Surfex gave me the horrors.

Teaspoon of white vinega in the rinse cycle is good.
Surfex is no a gentle product by any means, in fact I find it quite nsty and would not put any cloth near the gear.
Maybe someone might have a different opinion, be good to hear it.

I'd out them a bit rapid.
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sounds like what happened when i left mine to dry on the radiator and also used chemical guys microfiber wash stuff which also ruined them
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I had this same problem a couple of months back and left them in a bucket to soak in a weak dilution of surfex over night and then washed them with a good dose of white vinegar and all was well again. I know you've already tried this but maybe try a longer soak and see if that helps.
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I did leave them overnight in surfex but to no avail I've just left one in the kitchen sink with very hot water and Dawn concentrate for 30 minutes, it's in the washing machine with just a vinegar rinse at 40 degrees. I know these are drastic measures but it's s**t or bust, they are just massive dusters at the moment.
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I had this same problem a couple of months back and left them in a bucket to soak in a weak dilution of surfex over night and then washed them with a good dose of white vinegar and all was well again. I know you've already tried this but maybe try a longer soak and see if that helps.
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I did leave them overnight in surfex but to no avail I've just left one in the kitchen sink with very hot water and Dawn concentrate for 30 minutes, it's in the washing machine with just a vinegar rinse at 40 degrees. I know these are drastic measures but it's s**t or bust, they are just massive dusters at the moment.

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Hope that works for you mate, let us know how you get on.

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Did you make sure no fabric conditioner was used and also cleaned out the conditioner compartment in the washing machine? Fabric conditioner contains silicone or similar substances that will ruin them. Some of my drying towels are 7-8 years old and still work great - a good wash and tumble dry with the spiky balls and they're good to go.
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Buy some new towels


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How old are they?

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Approx 1 year for the Silverbacks (x2) and 6 months for the other one (can't remember the make) mate.
On average I wash 2 cars a week.

Pleased to say that the microfibre torture has made the Drying towel work!

I've got two others (silverback XL's) and am going to put the next one through the same process to make sure it wasn't a fluke.
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